Josh Freeman throws at practice, status still uncertain

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Here’s what we know about the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback this Sunday: His first name will be Josh.

Whether his last name is Freeman or Johnson will be decided on Sunday morning. Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Freeman was able to throw passes for the first time this week at practice on Friday, but there won’t be a determination about the starter until the team sees what he’s able to do before the game with the Panthers. Freeman injured his right shoulder at the end of last week’s loss to the Titans and the team has been preparing Johnson to start if necessary.

“I did a little bit, but today really isn’t important,” Freeman said. “Same status. I’m just listening to the trainers and trying to ease into it, you know?”

Freeman has started the last 35 games for the Bucs, who will be trying to avoid falling into a tie for last place with the Panthers on Sunday.